Hobart Culture & history

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Hobart: Bruny Island Gourmet Sightseeing Day Tour

1. Hobart: Bruny Island Gourmet Sightseeing Day Tour

Discover Bruny Island’s spectacular landscapes, gourmet produce, and inspiring locals on a guided tour with a knowledgeable local guide. Tours depart daily from Hobart and local accommodation. Relax and enjoy this fully inclusive experience showcasing the best of Bruny Island. Try cheeses, oysters, fudge, premium wines, honey, and mead. Meet some of the island’s artisan producers, people who put their energy and spirit into handcrafting these renowned products. Stop for a delicious lunch at Pennicott’s beachside restaurant with sweeping views of Adventure Bay.  Throughout the day you'll see incredible scenery. At The Neck, see the narrow isthmus stretch away south in graceful curves. Take a stroll and leave your footprints in the sand of a deserted beach. The light bush of the northern island gives way to the dense rainforest of the south's Mavista Rainforest - a pristine environment home to diverse wildlife including rare white wallabies. Board the ferry for a return crossing to Kettering, followed by a short drive back to Hobart, where hotel drop-offs are available on request.

Hobart: Historic Lunch Cruise

2. Hobart: Historic Lunch Cruise

Starting from Murray Street Pier, the cruise heads south to Battery Point and Sandy Bay, passing by the oldest casino in Australia. You'll then cruise across the Derwent River to the Eastern Shore, Bellerive, and Kangaroo Bluff, before travelling under the Tasman Bridge. You'll head back via the Royal Botanic Garden and Government House. The boat trip will take about 1.5 hours, with the captain providing an interesting live commentary to tell you what to look out for. Onboard, you'll enjoy a one-course meal. Choose from steak, crumbed fish, chicken schnitzel or a veggie patty.

Hobart: Full Day Tour to Port Arthur with Admission

3. Hobart: Full Day Tour to Port Arthur with Admission

Embark on a tour full of contrasts — compelling tales of the harsh lives of convicts combined with the breathtaking scenery of the Tasman Peninsula. Your passionate Tasmanian driver guides will entertain you with personal insights and information about wildlife and other points of interest during the bus tour and are on hand to assist you throughout the day. From Hobart, cross the Tasman Bridge and head into the Coal River Valley, an award-winning wine region, through the historic town of Richmond with a short photo stop at the famous convict-built Richmond Bridge. Visit Tasman National Park, where you’ll marvel at the spectacle of Tasman Arch and enjoy superb views of the rugged coastline. Be in awe of the wonderful views from Pirates Bay Lookout. Arriving at Port Arthur, join the guided walking tour of the historic convict site, with access to over 30 restored buildings and ruins. See the penitentiary, the separate prison, the commandant's house, the church, and more. Visit the interpretation center with its interactive exhibits and displays, and follow the harrowing life of a convict. Enjoy a cruise on Carnarvon Bay around the Isle of the Dead. Purchase lunch with plenty of time for quiet contemplation in the beautifully maintained gardens and to explore the many restored historic buildings of Port Arthur. Ask your driver about the optional, included remarkable cave tour. On Saturdays, the tour includes a visit to Hobart’s Salamanca Market. Delight in a shopping experience at this popular, colorful outdoor marketplace. You'll have time to explore the market at leisure for approximately 2 hours. Then, you will need to meet your bus at 11:00 to continue on with the Port Arthur tour and get a sense of Australia’s convict era and the early settlement of Tasmania. The Saturday tour does not include the cave tour or a visit to Richmond.

Hobart City Sightseeing Tour including MONA Ticket

4. Hobart City Sightseeing Tour including MONA Ticket

Enjoy the best of Hobart and the Museum of Old and New Art on this intriguing sightseeing tour. See Hobart’s main landmarks in a converted historic tram and then spend your afternoon exploring the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). Enjoy a 3-hour introductory city tour, seeing over 40 of Hobart's historical sites aboard the tram and stopping at four locations. Enjoy your experienced guide's expert commentary and in-depth knowledge of the city's history, lifestyle, features and attractions. See Sullivan's Cove, Parliament House, Salamanca Place, Princes Park, Battery Point and much more. Walk to see exterior of the Cascade Brewery and visit the remains of the Female Factory.  Marvel at views over Kangaroo Bay Marina and Bellerive as you cross the Derwent River on Tasman Bridge. Stop at Rosny Hill lookout for stunning views of Hobart, Sandy Bay, Mount Wellington, Tasman Bridge and Glenorchy. View Victoria Dock and Constitution Dock and see the exquisite Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens.  Enjoy the fascinating collections at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) with your entry ticket in the afternoon. Relax at the end of the day with return ferry transfer to Brooke Street Pier, arriving in Hobart at 17:30.

Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

5. Port Arthur Tour & Cruise Day Trip from Hobart

Depart Hobart on a full-day tour exploring Tasmania’s ruthless convict past and experience the rugged landscapes of the Tasman Peninsula. Start with a visit to the well-preserved colonial village of Richmond. Admire sights like Australia's oldest bridge that is still in use. Head south to the Tasman Peninsula and enter the Tasman National Park for some amazing views of the coastline and sea. Upon arrival at the Port Arthur Historic Site, learn the story of the convict settlement. Listen to stories about the chilling realities of life as a prisoner amid the preserved jail ruins on a guided tour. Hear more about the penal colony's terrible past. Take a cruise of the harbor to see the site from a different perspective, and get a look at the Isle of the Dead where those who died at the prison were laid to rest in mass graves. Return to Hobart and benefit from the opportunity to stop by the remarkable geological formations of the Tasman Arch, Devil's Kitchen and Blow Hole. Get dropped off in Hobart in the early evening.

Moorilla's Wine Meets Art: Mona Experience

6. Moorilla's Wine Meets Art: Mona Experience

Enjoy a unique Tasmanian winery experience that includes world-class art on this self-guided tour from Hobart as you visit Moorilla Estate and discover Mona, the Museum of Old And New Art.  Wine and art. A match made in the proverbial. Moorilla used to just be a winery, then a gambler called David filled the place with art and antiquities. Once he ran out of room, he built a museum to hold it all, called Mona. This experience is all about showing you the whole shebang. Start by sailing from Hobart to Mona on one of their super-flash ferries (featuring on-board bars if you want to get the wine flowing early). Once you land, begin your self-guided exploration of the museum and grounds, working up an appetite for a lunch of fresh, locally sourced produce in one of the on-site restaurants featuring a matched Moorilla wine. After lunch, meet up with your Moorilla host, who’ll walk you down to the vineyard, covering the rich history of Moorilla and the finer points of our winemaking techniques as you go. The stroll will wind up back at the sun-drenched Moorilla cellar door, where you’ll settle in for some further tasting of the Moorilla range before heading back to Hobart on the early evening ferry.

Port Arthur Shuttle and Tasman Sights Tour

7. Port Arthur Shuttle and Tasman Sights Tour

Take a conveninient shuttle transfer srevice from Port Arthur to Hobart. Travel in comfort on air-conditioned vehicles driven by a friendly local driver. After pickup, set off on the journey to Port Arthur. Along the way, stop at Eaglehawk Neck’s Pirates Bay lookout and the Dog Line monument to soak up the scenery and take fantastic photos. The next stop will have the mouths of sweet tooths watering as you visit the Tasmanian Chocolate Foundry. After the chocolate factory, explore the beautiful Port Arthur Lavender Farm. Discover unique handmade products made from Tasmanian Lavender and take a stroll around the scenic lavender trail. Next, visit the Port Arthur Historic Site. Immerse yourself in the fascinating, rich, and dark history of the best-preserved penal settlement in Australia. Admission is at your own cost and the entry fee will include a 35-minute guided walking tour and a 20-minute harbor cruise. If history is what you came for, enjoy the full 4 hours exploring Port Arthur Historic Site. However, if you are up for one more experience, then you can hop back onboard the bus after 3 hours for a trip to the Remarkable Cave. Just a short 8-minute drive away, be greeted with the spectacular vista of Maingon Bay. At the lookout, you can take in the exceptional views of Penguin Rocks and the bay. Descend down the 115 steps to view the Remarkable Cave from a viewing platform where you will be surrounded by ancient sandstone cliffs. Return back to the historic site to pick up the remaining passengers and then return to Hobart in the late afternoon.

Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

8. Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

Day one: Port Arthur Historic Site Begin your trip with a pick up around 7:00 AM. After a quick look at Australia’s best preserved colonial village, Richmond, head south to explore Tasmania’s ruthless convict past at the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. A guided walk and harbor cruise are included. Rich in visual history, learn of the chilling life of a convict in the restored sandstone prison buildings and preserved ruins. Visit selected geological wonders within Tasman National Park, to top-off a full day on the Tasman Peninsula before returning to Hobart. Day two: Hobart to Strahan Drive through the Derwent Valley. Travel east to west across the island. See the beautiful Russell Falls, walk among the Mt Field National Park tall trees, and visit Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair. Explore the pristine Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park and end the day in Strahan, where you will stay overnight. Day three: Wild West Coast  In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast, explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Then continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. Stay overnight again in Strahan.  Day four: Cradle Mountain to Launceston  Around 950 meters above sea level is the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park. Here, choose a walk to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you can stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. After, take a short drive through Sheffield, the town of murals, to Launceston for your overnight stay.  Day five: Launceston to Bicheno Start the day with a journey to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires, where the beaches are gleaming and the is water inviting. If the conditions are right, this is the perfect place for a swim and to explore the orange lichen-clad boulders, white sands and turquoise waters of the stunning East Coast. Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive takes you from St Helens to Bicheno. You will stay overnight at accommodation in Bicheno. Day six: Freycinet National Park to Hobart After breakfast, get ready for an early start to be the first to the Wineglass Bay lookout at the Freycinet National Park. Beat the crowds and the heat for that picture postcard photograph. Relax on a secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mount Amos or Hazards Beach walk. Continue further along the scenic east coast via the seaside towns of Swansea and Orford. Return to Hobart for 5:30 PM. 

Hobart: Mount Wellington and Richmond Village Shuttle

9. Hobart: Mount Wellington and Richmond Village Shuttle

On this combination tour, you will start the day with our kunanyi/Mt Wellington Tour, offering a breath-taking journey to the mountain summit. Here you'll have 30 minutes to explore the spectacular views over Hobart and Southern Tasmania. Return to the Hobart waterfront with an hour to explore before commencing the afternoon Richmond Village Tour. Richmond historical village is home to Australia’s oldest bridge, Catholic Church and gaol. This part of the tour offers a generous 2.5 hours to explore this historical town at your own pace.

Moorilla's Posh-As Day at Mona: Art and Wine Experience

10. Moorilla's Posh-As Day at Mona: Art and Wine Experience

Treat yourself to a full-day VIP wine and art day tour at Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art - a match made in the proverbial. Begin your day by taking Mona's MR-1 Fast Ferry from Hobart’s Brooke St. Pier at 09:15 AM. Travel in style in the ferry’s super exclusive Posh Pit, with complimentary Moorilla wine, Moo Brew beer and delicious snacks. Upon arrival, entry to the museum will be included in your tour. Begin your self-guided exploration of Mona's permanent collection and an array of blockbuster exhibitions. At 11.30 AM, Moorilla’s Wine Ambassador, a bone fide expert in all things wine, will take you through an intimate vineyard tour. Taste wines and delve into the backstory of Moorilla, David Walsh and Claudio Alcorso, who planted Moorilla’s first vines. Enjoy an exclusive tasting of the best wines from Moorilla/Domaine A decanted into fancy glassware. Get a complimentary bottle of Muse wine to take home. Afterwards, enjoy a 2-course lunch at The Source Restaurant with matched wines from Moorilla’s benchmark Cloth Label and Muse Series. Enjoy stunning views of the Moorilla vineyard, kunanyi/ Mount Wellington and the Derwent River. After lunch, there will be enough time to discover the remaining levels of Mona before you end your day by taking the ferry back to Hobart’s Brooke Street Pier at 5:00 PM.

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based on 557 reviews

This all day tour to the Tasman peninsula and Port Arthur was fabulous. Our guide Justin was amazing, hilarious and very knowledgeable. There was a long bush walk to one site on the way which we weren’t expecting but still very well worthwhile. Very much recommend this tour and company. Great communication.

Excellent tour, brilliant guide who was v informative and funny keeping energy levels up all the way. Weather was rain but even so tour was worth it. Learning about convict life was both fascinating and disturbing.

The trip was the perfect length to see all of Port Arthur. Guide Christopher was informative as well as entertaining.

Wonderful -thoughtful guide, Mark made the tour even more special

Captain’s commentary was insightful and interesting